Liberia Holidays

Known as "Ciudad Blanca" (the white city) due to the many colonial-style whitewashed houses, Liberia is the hub for Costa Rica's northwestern Guanacaste region. Built by pioneers and cattle ranchers, today the small city hosts Costa Rica's only other international airport outside of San Jose. It serves as a gateway to Pacific Coast beaches such as ... Read more
Playa del Coco, Tamarindo, Playa Hermosa and the Papagayo peninsula, while offering a variety of shops, restaurants and services within it's own limits. Note the unique "puerta del sol" corner doors on the older buildings and take time away from the beach towns to explore the many protected dry forest reserves and volcanic features that lie just a short drive outside of town.

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Costa Rica’s high season from late November through late April coincides both with its dry season and with the colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere, which draws in visitors from the United States, Canada ... Read more
and Europe. The rainy season (May through mid-November) can be a more affordable time to visit. The tropical downpours usually only last for a few hours in the afternoon, so you can get all of your sightseeing and surfing done in the morning and afterward relax in your cabana, watching the life-giving rain fall over the vibrantly green plant life around you.

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Top Liberia restaurants

  • Restaurante Jauja
    10.01 review
    Seafood
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
  • Liberia Social Club
    10.01 review
    Steak House, Latin, Wine Bar
    Popular withLuxuryFoodies
  • Prieta Beach Club
    8.01 review
    Seafood, Local Traditional Cuisine, Latin
    Popular withHipstersFoodies
  • El Patio
    10.01 review
    Family Style, Central American
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies
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  • 9.8
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.3
    Students
  • 8.1
    Backpackers
  • 7.9
    Green Travellers
  • 6.7
    History Buffs

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Not much to do in the city itself, but serves as a gateway to the northern border with Nicaragua and also as a main point for volcano tours to Rincon de la Vieja.

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Puerto Vallarta

Just flew into the airport and didn't really have time to take a look around the town.

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Redwood City

Capital city in Guanacaste, the northernmost province. This is an ideal spot for someone who wants affordable living, acces to the airport, Nicaragua to the north, and many surrounding beaches. It's also close to Arenal, a local volcano in the jungle.. A really great place for activities like zip lining and volcanic springs. There were many businesses and a college nearby, but overall this was not the quiet, serene beach towns you picture when you imagine costa rica.

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Local from Liberia

I love Liberia for many reasons...it is historical, the people are friendly and warm, and I feel like it is unique from the rest of Costa Rica. While many cities are now overrun with tourists and non-native people, I think that Liberia has maintained it's sense of Costa Rican culture and customs. I was in Liberia to study Spanish and I found a real gem of a school called Instituto Estelar Bilingue, in the center of the city. The school helped me learn Spanish fast and showed me the true beauty that surrounds Liberia. You literally can drive one hour in any direction and end up at a volcano, a national park, a waterfall, or another country (Nicaragua). I loved Liberia and I can't wait to go back

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San Jose

Small town , with baking services, hospitals, this town gives services to all the beach towns nearby. there are restaurants, stores, pharmacies. The most important thing is the international airport, with direct flights from USA, Canada San Salvador and Panama.

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San Jose

Liberia , generally Guanacaste is one of my favorites place in the world. Adventure, beach, volcanoes, luxury , comfort are some of the characteristic of Guanacaste

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Lawrenceville

Much more modern than the rest of Costa Rica but a great place to relax by the beach.

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San Francisco

A cute, Costa Rican town. Very untouristy, and very much a local place. Just be careful of the people at the bus stop that try to make a profit off of you! Bus tickets are not more than $4 ish for a ride...NOT $14

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Frederick
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Liberia is a nice town, but doesn't have a lot to it. It's kind of a pass through place. It's got an airport, decent stores and gas stations, but you're a stretch from the beaches and not in the mountains either. It's a much needed crossroads on the way to other places, but not a tourism destination in and of itself...

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People are awesome, wildlife is beautiful.

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